Monthly Archives: January 2014

TheBlaze Fact-Checks ABC: Did Diane Sawyer Use Misleading Stats in ’20/20’ Report on Children and Guns?

“When is [Diane Sawyer] going to host a special on that?”

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Open thread for night owls: How to make ‘opportunity for all’ more than a just another slogan

Night Owls

Sarah van Gelder, editor-in-chief at Yes! Magazine, writes Obama Calls for “Opportunity for All”: 8 Policies to Make It Happen:

As expected, President Obama made economic opportunity a centerpiece of his State of the Union message on Tuesday. He even took a small step forward by announcing a $10.10 minimum wage for employees of federal contractors.
This is a move in the right direction, albeit a small one. For years, the budget deficit—not the well-being of working Americans—has dominated political discussion.

But bolder solutions are called for. While U.S. policies allowed transnational corporations, Wall Street banks, and the wealthiest Americans to recover from the collapse of 2008, for many in the 99 percent, this remains a time of sustained unemployment, low-wage jobs, and economic insecurity.

After years of pressure by well-endowed think tanks and lobbyists, President Obama as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have bought into the idea that our country is broke. This is not the case. GDP per capita, has doubled over the last 40 years, while wages have stagnated. It’s not that our nation’s wealth has gone away—it’s just being tied up by the top 1 percent. And their power over politicians is keeping it that way.

In fact it is just this concentration of wealth that makes the economic growth we see in GDP charts so ineffective at improving the quality of our lives. If we were to measure the real wealth of our society—our health and well being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc.—we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation’s well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.

In the State of the Union address, President Obama called for opportunity for all Americans:

What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all—the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.

What would it take to make that dream a reality? Here are eight places to start. Some require action that President Obama could take without waiting on a recalcitrant Congress—like scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Others are already being implemented at the state or local level and could be implemented much more widely.

1. House the homeless […]
2. A debt-free college education […]
3. Medicare for all […]
4. End the war on drugs […]
5. Guarantee everyone a basic income […]
6. Invest in averting more climate emergencies […]
7. Scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]
8. Establish ­­­state banks that invest in us, not Wall Street[…]


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2006NSA Surveillance: How It Puts You in Danger:

Polls are all over the place on Americans’ views on the NSA program, depending on the precise wording of the question, but for the sake of argument, I’ll grab the recent CNN poll that claims roughly half of the population thinks it’s okay for the feds to conduct surveillance and collect data without a warrant. Based on this, I assume most of us have friends, family members or co-workers who’ve uttered the words: I have nothing to hide, so why should I care about NSA surveillance?

Here’s a primer on why they should care.

It puts you at risk for identify theft … and IT’S ILLEGAL

From all reports we’ve heard about the secretive NSA program, it’s a vast vacuum operation that collects data, stores it and shares that information with other agencies, all without a warrant. Anything that’s done with electronic transmission is trackable in practical terms—meaning online credit card purchases and bill paying, ATM transactions, paying for groceries with a debit/credit card. PINS, passwords, Social Security numbers, driver’s license identifier information, bank account numbers, all are available … all in the hands of federal agencies and their employees. […]


Tweet of the Day:

By balancing temperature, humidity and lighting, a Dutch artist created a cloud in the middle of a room. http://t.co/…
@SciencePorn


On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin keeps us up to date with the Chris Christie’s political saga, including the latest polling and Ron Fournier’s “Why I Was Wrong About Chris Christie.” Next up, “Where Obamacare Is Succeeding… and Where It’s Falling Short.” Extended discussion of the latest Obamacare horror story that turned out to be B.S.: “Bette in Spokane.” Senate Gop has to rework its ACA “replacement,” because gigantic tax. DNI James Clapper “should have been more careful,” says the Pres. But why bother? What can Congress really do about it?


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The Nuclear Option: Meet Preet – Obama’s Hatchet Man Against Filmmakers

Meet Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on campaign finance charges. Mr. Bharara is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of Pres…

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Obama Backs Net Neutrality in Part Because Web Empowered His Presidential Campaigns

President Barack Obama used his time on a Google hangout Friday to say he wants to push ahead with some version of net neutrality regulations despite an appeals court ruling this month that struck down the existing Federal Communication Commission regu…

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New Chris Christie Scandal: Almost $5 Million in Sandy Funds Went to Unaffected Town

With officials all over the state objecting that victims of Hurricane Sandy have not received adequate funding to return to their homes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is under fire yet again for another suspicious project paid for by Sandy fu…

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Mark Levin Instructs House GOP on Confronting ‘Imperial President’ Obama

On his nightly radio show the evening of the State of the Union address, conservative host Mark Levin, author of The Liberty Amendments, instructed the House of Representatives on how to confront President Obama’s declaration that he would be usi…

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Whigging Out: National Journal Suggests Mitt Romney as GOP’s 2016 Nominee

On Thursday, the National Journal touted a recent New Hampshire poll that claims Mitt Romney is the front runner in the state for the Republican Party’s 2016 nomination for president. Romney himself has dismissed the idea that he will run again in 2016…

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Wyoming Most Conservative State While DC Ranks Most Liberal

The Cowboy State, a.k.a. Big Wyoming, is the most conservative state in the Union, with over half its population (51.4%) identifying as conservative according to the latest Gallup poll.  The poll shows that Mississippi (47.9%), Idaho (47.5%),…

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Disposable Income Growth Close to Standstill in U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports that real disposable income among Americans only grew 0.7% in 2013, the weakest growth since 2009. Because of the minimization of income growth, the rise in consumer spending over the last two months of 2013 is…

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Ted Cruz Amasses Enormous Fundraising Stockpile Throughout 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced Friday that throughout 2013 his three campaign arms raised $4.16 million. Cruz made the massive haul over 2013 through his re-election committee, Ted Cruz for Senate, his joint fundraising committee, Ted Cruz Victory Comm…

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